'Star Wars: Episode IX' will be written and directed by JJ Abrams

Episode IX Director Shake-Up

Beyond that, the statement says that Star Wars: Episode IX will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejoin, J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot, and Lucasfilm, which comes as no surprise.

Huge, huge news on the Star Wars front today - there has been a ton of speculation about who might take over the final film in the new trilogy since Colin Trevorrow was reported leaving the project. Johnson, who was reportedly the top choice to replace Trevorrow after the Jurassic World director departed, spoke during a press conference for The Last Jedi in Japan and said he's not considering it right now.

Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. The Last Jedi, will be released this December, and is directed by Rian Johnson.

Lucasfilm announced last week that Trevorrow left Episode IX after the two parties had "mutually chosen to part ways". The film made more than $2 billion at the global box office.

The implications are strong with this one, and became even stronger when he went on to all but explicitly admit he wont' be directing the next movie. He is also going to co-write the movie with Chris Terrio.

Over the weekend, Rian Johnson said that he did not now have any plans to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, though at the time a lot of fans just assumed he was being cautious with his language because he hadn't yet officially closed a deal. Johnson is now in Tokyo, Japan promoting the The Last Jedi, and according to Star Wars News Net, the director revealed at a recent fan event that his good friend, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, has a voice acting role in the upcoming Star Wars movie.

Episode IX will close out the trilogy in 2019. Though the original plan did not call for him to direct another installment, he is an executive producer on The Last Jedi and served as a member of the brain trust that guided Trevorrow through Episode IX's development.

But all that can be done now is wait and hope that whoever does pick up the mantle will do a good job and give the fans a satisfying ending to this Star Wars trilogy.

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